First let me wish you and your loved ones a very merry Love Day™, hopefully you have bankrupted yourself to your lovers delight, and you will end up wearing boxer shorts wearing red hearts (at the end of the day). Yes a very disturbing image if you know me. Don’t get me wrong Valentine’s Day makes my life as a Financial Whiner Blogger much easier: so many things to complain about.
Valentine’s Day also was my parent’s wedding anniversary, so for me, it is a much more special day than just a reason to send flowers.
Seems the Conservative Party has put a stake in the ground and has started campaigning for the next election (early). The cross hairs for spending cuts are who(m)? Why Civil Servants for one, and of course Retired Civil Servants as well. Take your shots at the Civil Service if you wish, we have a Union and such, and I will enjoy watching how the Government plan on trying to topple the Tower of Sick Leave™ that previous Governments allowed to grow, but c’mon folks, going after Retired Folks Medical Premiums? That is getting a little much. Let us hope there is a sensible roll-out, where this affects (effects) older retirees LESS, or better still make new retirees take the initial brunt of the increase.
I will have a further discussion of the good things in the budget for folks with disabled loved ones, and such next week.
I felt quite chuffed when Tony Clement replied to my Tweet about Increasing the Cost of Retirees medical benefits on Wednesday.
The Olympics continue on with fun stories, heart warming stories and down right odd stuff too. The Canadian Coach that gave a Russian Cross-Country skier a ski, to finish a race was so typically Canadian. Seeing Alex Bilodeau win at moguls was also a fun time to watch, but then you have the poor Canadian Biathlon competitor who fell while in first place. Anyone want to explain why a sport that looks like it came out of Duck Dynasty is in the Olympics (“C’mon Uncle Cy, let’s go ski ’round the woods and shoot things!”)? Yes it is more of a sport than Curling, Ballroom Dancing, or Dressage but c’mon.
My Weekly Recap
My Writings for Week Ending February 14th
Love is in the Air (or is that melting dog poop?)
Better news from Stats Canada about the job situation, but still a world of improvement is possible in Canada. New Budget points directly to it.
Equifax published these numbers which shows us increasing our consumer debt again, which isn’t that good news either.
85 is not just the product of 17 and 5 any more!
Valentine’s Day is just like Christmas for me, in that I complain and whine about it, and write sarcastic posts.
Swiss Army Knife Section
It was 17C in Sochi this week, let’s bring the Winter Olympics to Ottawa if it means it can be 17C in February:
- “Your reputation is what you’re perceived to be by others but your character is what you really are. You’re the only one that knows your character. You can fool others, but you can’t fool yourself.” -Coach John Wooden
- Mark at the Blunt Bean Counter brings us How Much Money do I Need to Retire? Heck if I Know or Anyone Else Does! - Part 3 you really don’t know how much you need to retire, just live with it.
- Next week may see post #2500 coming up, watch closely, the celebrations will be “Off the Hook!” as the young folk say.
- If you have not done so go to the Government Budget 2014 web site and read what is in the budget for this year, don’t just believe what the talking heads on TV tell you.
- Ellen Roseman published some Hydro One Horror Stories in the Ottawa SUN (it’s a pay wall system there, so be careful).
- Michael James points out The Gap Between the Financial Advice You Get and the Advice you Need, which most of us wouldn’t listen to (the need part that is).
- Want to know about my Insurance choices? Check out What Type Of Life Insurance The Experts Own: Big Cajun Man (apologies for the “expert” title, they said I am one, I disagreed).
- For some odd reason I have over 1800 Twitter followers, not really sure how that happened.
- 2nd Career Search has a unique issue to discuss with Can a Dual Citizen Living in Canada Keep a US IRA?
- Larry MacDonald reminds us there are At Least 3 Things You Can Do with Your RRSP (before you retire), don’t forget it’s not just for your retirement.
- Mark from My Own Advisor stays with the RRSP world with Converting your RRSP to a RRIF? Consider this… another way to wind down your RRSP.
- Preet brings us another installment of his Podcast with Financially literate teacher’s perspective on financial literacy in schools (PODCAST) well worth a listen.
Wide World of Sports
The ESPN generation wouldn’t recognize this, but to ME, this meant sports on TV #BornInThe60s
Don’t Piss Off Sam Jackson
One thing I have learned in this life, do not piss off Sam Jackson and do your homework before interviewing him:
Lava is Powerful
And finally, a can of Ravioli consumed by Lava:
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